Erap orders police to conduct security drills in Manila hotels, casinos

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To prevent a repeat of the deadly siege on Resorts World Manila, Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada has directed the Manila Police District (MPD) to conduct security drills in commercial establishments such as hotel and casinos.

Estrada said the security drills would better prepare private security officers, police, and especially the public in the event of armed assaults similar to the casino attack last month.

“We have learned lessons from the Resorts World incident,” the Manila mayor said.

“We will use those lessons to further train our police and other emergency services and the security units of private business establishments to prevent such incidents in the future,” he added.

MPD director Chief Supt. Joel Coronel said they started to coordinate with security managers of major establishments in Manila to work out a joint operational and security plan concerning armed assaults, bomb threats, and other emergency situations.

He said they have completed bomb threat and bomb response exercises last week and will stage active shooter exercises next week.

Coronel said at least seven hotels such as Manila Hotel and Diamond Hotel and casinos operated by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) will take part in the active shooter exercises.